Originally created 02/11/01


The Augusta State golf team opened the spring portion of its 2000-2001 season with a strong performance Saturday in the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Playing 36 holes, Augusta shot a 6-under-par 274 at the par-70 University of Florida Golf Course and then followed it with a 273. Three of Augusta's five players were under par for both rounds.

Augusta is three shots behind leader College of Charleston and two behind second-place Florida entering today's final round.

Michael Webb is the top Jaguar after rounds of 67-66-133. He's three shots off the lead of Florida's Camilo Benedetti.

Rounding out the Augusta scorers were Jamie Elson (68-68-136), Robert Duck (68-68-136), Oliver Wilson (71-71-142) and Jayce Stepp (75-76-151).


The United States team and new captain Patrick McEnroe could make a historic exit - or comeback - in the Davis Cup.

The Americans trail Switzerland 2-1 and face first-round elimination for the first time since 1993 in the best-of-five series after the Swiss pair of Roger Federer and Lorenzo Manta defeated Jan-Michael Gambill and Justin Gimelstob 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 Saturday in Basel, Switzerland.

American Davis Cup teams have rallied five times after trailing 2-1 going into today's two singles. The first American captain to bring his team back was Richard Norris Williams in 1934.

Meanwhile, Spain's first-ever Davis Cup title defense ended in tatters Saturday as Sjeng Schalken and Paul Haarhuis's doubles victory in Eindhoven, Netherlands, grabbed the decisive third point for the Netherlands in their first-round matchup.

The Dutch pair beat Alex Corretja and Juan Balcells 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (12-10).

Schalken and Raemon Sluiter had built a 2-0 Dutch lead with upset singles wins Friday over Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero.


Ray Whitfield of the Augusta Boxing Club will be going to the USA Boxing Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 11-17.

Whitfield, in the 106-pound division, advanced unopposed from the regional competition in Port Richey, Fla.

John Dry, also of the Augusta Boxing Club, won the Georgia State title in the 147-pound division to reach the regionals, but he was unable to complete because of illness.


Marty McSorley, suspended by the NHL since last year for hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear with his stick, has signed to play with the Grand Rapids Griffins, a Michigan minor-league team that is top farm team of the Ottawa Senators.

McSorley, who knocked Brashear unconscious while playing for the Boston Bruins, is eligible to return to the NHL on Feb. 21. He was convicted in a Canadian court of assault with a weapon and given a conditional discharge, meaning he would have no criminal record.

McSorley, 37, has played 17 seasons in the NHL. He won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton in 1987 and 1988.

The Senators had been rumored to have interest McSorley but would have to sign him to an NHL contract if they plan to call him up after Feb. 21.


Atlanta Falcons defensive back Elijah Williams was shot in the leg early Saturday in what police called a robbery attempt.

Williams was outside a bar in a north section of downtown Atlanta about 2 a.m. when he was shot. He was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.

Williams, 25, said he was at a restaurant with some friends and had gone outside to ask the valet to get his car.

"The valet was nowhere to be found," Williams said. "The dude was about 10 yards from the door with a pistol."

He said the man told him to hand over his watch.

"I turned my back and started to walk away," Williams said. "He grabbed my shirt. We started wrestling, and I punched him off. That's when he shot me."

He said he was walking without crutches Saturday.


Todd Eldredge, who withdrew from the Four Continents championships in Salt Lake City because of a jammed left ankle, has a bruised bone and a cyst in a joint below the ankle.

Eldredge, the 1996 world champion, won't compete at next weekend's Grand Prix finals in Tokyo. A U.S. Skating spokesman said Eldredge hopes to return for the World Figure Skating Championships next month in Vancouver.

The injury was revealed Saturday through X-rays. Eldredge was hurt in practice Wednesday, but overcame it to win the short program that night. He aggravated the ankle during practice Friday morning.


Doctors in Chicago have amputated the left foot of an Indiana high school basketball player whose left leg was shattered by a bullet in a drive-by shooting.

Chad Knight, 17, a standout point guard at Gary Roosevelt High School, was shot on Feb. 3 just hours before he was scheduled to embark on a college recruiting trip.

The bullet shattered bones and severed a major artery in his left leg, halting circulation to his foot.


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